We were thrilled to welcome director Nuri Bilge Ceylan to NYFF61 to discuss the U.S. premiere of About Dry Grasses. He sat down with FLC Assistant Programmer Madeleine Whittle to discuss metaphor, the composition of dialogue, and more.

Ceylan’s latest deeply philosophical drama is a work of elegant, novelistic filmmaking set in a village nestled within the bleak landscape of the East Anatolia region in Turkey. Here, an art teacher named Samet (Deniz Celiloglu) is struggling through what he hopes to be his final year at an elementary school, complicated by a friendship with a charismatic new teacher (Cannes winner Merve Dizdar) and an accusation of impropriety with a student. A Sideshow/Janus Films release.

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